Data Entry Operator Salary

Earnings for Data Entry Operators in the United States come in at around $12.24 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $9.47 per hour on the lower end to $16.56 on the higher end. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Data Entry Operators survey respondents are women (75 percent). Although more than half have medical coverage and just over a half have dental coverage, about one in three claim no health benefits at all. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,637 - $44,726

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$9.47 - $16.56

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$21,637 - $44,726  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,012  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,100 - $38,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.47 - $16.56  
   
Overtime
$10.00 - $25.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,012  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,100 - $38,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 477
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Job Description for Data Entry Operator

Most of the time, data entry operators work in an office. They must have a high school diploma or GED, but candidates who possess an associate’s degree are often preferred. Data entry operators enter applicable data into computers, often utilizing company-specific databases.

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Data Entry Operator Tasks

  • Receive all documents and enter the data into the on-line system on the PC.
  • Operate a data entry device to input and maintain lists and records.
  • Create and update databases.
  • Maintain a daily count of all claims processed.

Common Career Paths for Data Entry Operator


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Though it's uncommon, some Data Entry Operators move into roles as Office Managers, where pay is an average $38K per year. Data Entry Operators typically move into roles as Administrative Assistants or Data Entry Specialists, and those positions pay $4K more and $2K more, respectively.

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Data Entry Operators who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Data Entry, Typing, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service. Experience with Data Entry is often linked with knowledge of Typing.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Entry Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Data Entry Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $25K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $27K. Data Entry Operators see a median salary of $29K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Data Entry Operators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $30K.

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Experience Affects Data Entry Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Data Entry Operator Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 13%

Data Entry
0%

National Average
$27,000

Typing
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 32%
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